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Bombadil :: Beautiful Country

Very agreeable folk pop, with clever harmonies and sharp hooks making it the sort of music to bring on a road trip.

Y La Bamba :: Entre Los Dos

An exuberant mix of weird rock, Latin influences, and mysterious elements, resulting in some sort of white hot fusion.

Vivian Girls :: Memory

The girl group aesthetic survives, drenched in spring reverb and distant crooning, and it’s not just unscathed, it’s very agitated and ready to rip throats.

M83 :: DSVII

Very low-key instrumentals, dependent more on subtle dynamics than on any sort of recognizable or repeatable melodic content. Quite intellectual and meditative.

The High Dials :: Primitive Feelings

A bit of a throwback to the sound of late ‘80s Manchester and subsequent British psychedelic pop, presented with a pulsating dance beat and dreamy multilayered vocals.

Cones :: Pictures of Pictures

Solid guitar and keyboard pop, on the gentle dreamy side, with whispery singing and sharp arrangements.

David Kilgour + the Heavy Eights :: Bobbie’s A Girl

Gentle music for a pastoral New Zealand scene, with tappity drums and soft jangles playfully jostling understated vocals.

Babe Rainbow :: Today

An extremely diverse outing, with songs cutting across many genres but sharing a generally sunny and engaging disposition, delivered with casual ease and filled with memorable hooks.